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Splash at Northwestern: March 2nd, 2024!

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College: Northwestern University

Major: civil and environmental engineer

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Past Classes

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E502: Taking Out the Trash: The Journey of Last Night's Dinner from Your Home to the Environment in Splash 2020 Fall (Online) (Nov. 14, 2020)
Where does all the trash go? It's probably a question you haven't thought about, but that is exactly why it is so amazing. We often don't see or even think about what happens to all the waste we make even though we each create huge amount every day. The journey of our trash (and recycling) from our home, to the disposal facility and onwards varies worldwide. With concerns about climate change rising, what role does waste disposal play in global climate and what options are there for more sustainable disposal? The course will be a brief overview of the history of trash, differences between countries, how we transport trash from our house to disposal, different options for disposal (landfills v.s. incineration etc.), and what these mean for climate change.